J. Edward Kellough — 2019 John Gaus Award Recipient

The American Political Science Association (APSA) will present the John Gaus Award to Dr. J. Edward Kellough at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the world’s largest gathering of political scientists and source for emerging scholarship in the discipline.  The $2,000 award recognizes a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration, the recipient delivers a lecture at the APSA Annual Meeting. 

Dr. J. Edward Kellough is Professor and PhD Director in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia (UGA).  He served previously for 6 years as the Head of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at UGA and as the UGA MPA Director for 8 years.  Dr. Kellough specializes primarily in the field of public sector human resources management.  He teaches graduate courses in public personnel administration; public sector labor relations; EEO, affirmative action, and diversity; public sector job evaluation and compensation; public administration and democracy; and research methods.

Dr. Kellough is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  He has served as President of NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.  He served also as a member of the NASPAA Executive Council and on the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation.  He was the Chair of the Section on Public Administration of the American Political Science Association and the Chair of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Section on Public Administration Education.  He is currently the Chair-Elect of the ASPA Section on Personnel and Labor Relations.  He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Books by Dr. Kellough include The New Public Personnel Administration, seventh edition, with Lloyd G. Nigro (Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2014); Understanding Affirmative Action: Politics, Discrimination, and the Search for Justice (Georgetown University Press, 2007); and Civil Service Reform in the States: Personnel Policy and Politics at the Sub-National Level, edited with Lloyd G. Nigro (State University of New York Press, 2006).  His research has appeared in Public Administration Review, The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administration and Society, The Review of Public Personnel Administration, The American Review of Public Administration, Public Personnel Management, American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, and other journals.  He has lectured or made presentations in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Georgia, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates.

Here is what the Award Committee had to say about their decision:

Professor Kellough received endorsements for this award from numerous scholars in Public Administration and Political Science.  One recommendation notes that “For several decades, he has served as a top scholar and professional leader in public sector human resources management and in public management more generally.  He has been especially influential through his research and leadership on questions of affirmative action, representative bureaucracy, diversity, civil service reform, and related issues.”  Another observes that Professor Kellough has tackled the most important issues in our fields, and that his book, “Understanding Affirmative Action, presents one of the very best discussions on that topic by a public administration scholar.  The book received the Best Book Award from the ASPA Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations. It extends his work in an earlier book on federal equal employment opportunity.”  And a third nominator underscores Professor Kellough’s longevity and impact: “In the last 32 years, he has published four books, 44 peer reviewed articles, 19 book chapters and nine encyclopedia entries … his textbook, The New Public Personnel Administration (co-authored by Lloyd Nigro and Felix Nigro), is now in its seventh edition.  This text is Dr. Kellough’s most frequently-cited work, though his scholarship on gender and race discrimination in public sector employment and on merit pay are also foundational contributions to the field.”

Professor Kellough has mentored generations of scholars in Political Science and Public Administration and his scholarly achievements exemplify the lifetime of excellent scholarship that APSA envisions for this award.

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